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History 'n' the shaking: Cards-Bucs, Bravo!

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 00:31:08 EDT

A crowd of Little Leaguers experienced memories of a lifetime as they watched the Pirates defeat the Cardinals in the first MLB Little League Classic in Williamsport.

Bucs leave Williamsport with new perspective

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 01:14:57 EDT

The Pirates left the inaugural MLB Little League Classic late Sunday night with a 6-3 win over the Cardinals, a ton of memories and a special place in a historic event for Major League Baseball.

Bell's 4 RBIs lead Bucs to LL Classic win

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 00:16:14 EDT

The Pirates and Cardinals spent most of Sunday afternoon serving as honored guests and humbled fans, taking in all the sights and sounds the Little League World Series has to offer. But while the day was dedicated to Little Leaguers, the big leaguers took center stage Sunday night as the Bucs beat the Cards, 6-3, in the inaugural MLB Little League Classic at historic Bowman Field.

Meeting Little Leaguers big hit with Pirates

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 20:20:11 EDT

From the moment the Pirates stepped off the bus and made their way toward the Little League World Series fields, manager Clint Hurdle said, "It was almost just like fireworks." How so? "Things kept happening," Hurdle said. "Things that made you smile, things that made you happy you were here."

Cards and Bucs shake hands a la LLWS

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 22:47:29 EDT

Cards and Bucs shake hands a la LLWS

Starting Pictures: MLB Little League Classic

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 17:33:14 EDT

The Pirates and Cardinals landed in Williamsport, Pa., and visited with Little Leaguers before their game at Bowman Field.

Little wonder: Classic unites kids of all ages

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 23:28:32 EDT

Though it culminated with the handshake line that formed on the field after the Pirates' 6-3 win over the Cardinals in an incredibly intimate setting, this was a daylong outreach effort that went even better than expected.

Pirates' Top 30 prospects list

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 21:56:17 EDT

Who do the Pirates have in the pipeline? Get scouting reports, video, stats, projected ETAs and more for Pittsburgh's Top 30 Prospects on's Prospect Watch.

LLWS offers reunion for Venezuelan players

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 17:57:22 EDT

On Sunday afternoon, little boys in green and teal uniforms stood side-by-side with grown men in black big league jerseys outside of the home dugout at Volunteer Stadium. They were in awe of each other. There were high-fives and hugs. Fancy handshakes and lots of pats on the back. And there was hope.

Cole first up as Pirates host Dodgers

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 22:55:11 EDT

The Pirates will have a chance to see how they stack up against the best team in baseball when they begin a four-game series vs. the Dodgers on Monday at PNC Park.

Stallings joins Bucs for Little League Classic

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 19:20:20 EDT

Jacob Stallings found out Saturday morning the Pirates would need a 26th man on Sunday night. Less than 24 hours later, he was on his way to the Little League World Series and, eventually, historic Bowman Field for MLB's first Little League Classic.

Cutch jersey, bright gear for Players Weekend

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 18:45:10 EDT

During his rise to stardom, baseball fans across the country came to know Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen as simply "Cutch." When McCutchen runs out to center field at Bowman Field on Sunday for the MLB Little League Classic, he'll still be "Cutch" -- and his jersey will say the same.

Umpire Davis does double duty in Williamsport

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 16:04:48 EDT

For veteran umpire Gerry Davis, umpiring a game at the Little League World Series on Sunday brought him back to the beginning of his 35-season career.

Hurdle thrilled to return to Williamsport

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 17:05:00 EDT

Clint Hurdle has never been to the Little League World Series, but he has some history in Williamsport, Pa.

Historic Bowman Field gets MLB spotlight

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 12:24:38 EDT

The anticipation of watching the inaugural MLB Little League Classic is building, but few realize how much work went into preparing the field for tonight's game on ESPN at 7 p.m. ET. Since March 1, a grounds crew team has been stationed in Williamsport, Pa., to make historic Bowman Field ready to host the Cardinals and Pirates.

Moroff excited to return to LLWS roots

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 19:44:29 EDT

Max Moroff has a specific destination in mind when the Pirates visit Howard J. Lamade Stadium in South Williamsport on Sunday afternoon.

Fun, no matter the size: Pros, kids unite at LLWS

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 16:19:28 EDT

Williamsport, Pa., has long represented one of the best things about baseball, and so the month of August in that small town has never been short on festivity.

Bucs blast 3, heat up behind steady Kuhl

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 23:21:21 EDT

Both Chad Kuhl and Michael Wacha picked up where they left off after a nearly two-hour rain delay early Saturday afternoon. While Wacha struggled on the other side of the break, Kuhl seemingly only got stronger. Kuhl pitched five strong innings and the Bucs beat up on Wacha in the second, rolling to a 6-4 win at PNC Park.

Neverauskas recalled, tosses perfect frame

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 22:22:05 EDT

The Pirates put the Triple-A shuttle into motion and shuffled their bullpen again Saturday afternoon. Down went left-hander Steven Brault, and up came right-hander Dovydas Neverauskas.

'Chet' a Kuhl nickname for Players Weekend

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 22:23:26 EDT

The Chad Kuhl everybody knows is a polite, friendly 24-year-old who was born and raised in Delaware. That's not who he is on the mound, according to teammate Trevor Williams.

Pirates can't complete valiant comeback

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 01:15:41 EDT

The Cardinals have stormed into the thick of the National League Central race on the strength of their lineup, and they needed every last bit of it Friday night. The Cards' bullpen nearly let an eight-run lead slip away but withstood a furious Pirates rally to give St. Louis an 11-10 win over Pittsburgh at PNC Park.

Freese: 'We're fighting, but you've got to win'

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 01:12:43 EDT

David Freese figured the ball wouldn't get out. But as he ran down the first-base line after launching Seung Hwan Oh's fastball to deep center field, the ball kept carrying toward the wall in front of the Cardinals' bullpen. It landed just shy, in the glove of Tommy Pham, for a sacrifice fly that pulled the Pirates within a run.

Brault recalled; LeBlanc (left quad strain) to DL

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 23:21:29 EDT

The Pirates swapped out one left-handed long reliever for another on Friday, calling up Steven Brault from Triple-A Indianapolis and placing veteran Wade LeBlanc on the disabled list due to a left quad strain.

Consistency eluding Pirates in Central chase

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 02:40:46 EDT

Twice over the past month, the Pirates scratched and clawed their way back to .500, pulling themselves into the National League Central race, only to lose their grip. It happened after July 21, when they held a winning record for the first time since early April before losing eight of their next 10 games. And it may be happening now.

Lupica: Grass is greener -- MLB in Williamsport

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 03:52:57 EDT

This Sunday night's Little League Classic will not just celebrate this summer in baseball. It will celebrate all the summers.

Pirates' hot start fizzles as slide reaches five

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 02:15:06 EDT

After four innings Thursday night at PNC Park, the Cardinals trailed by three runs. Then came the rain and the runs. The Cards rallied for two runs before 72-minute rain delay, scored three more in the seventh inning and added four more in the ninth, sailing to an 11-7 win over the Pirates at PNC Park.

Pirates place Cervelli on DL, recall Moroff

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 18:39:37 EDT

With Francisco Cervelli unable to start Thursday night at PNC Park, the Pirates placed the veteran catcher on the disabled list due to left wrist inflammation and recalled infielder Max Moroff from Triple-A Indianapolis to reshape their bench.

LLWS has Bucs reflecting on playing as kids

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 19:12:38 EDT

Given their experience, John Jaso and Wade LeBlanc are looking forward to playing in front of the current generation of Little Leaguers when the Pirates play the Cardinals in MLB's first Little League Classic on Sunday in Williamsport, Pa. (7 p.m. ET, ESPN).

Bullpen falters as Pirates fall in Milwaukee

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 04:01:29 EDT

It was as if the Pirates and Brewers decided to settle the small ball vs. long ball debate, once and for all. On Wednesday at Miller Park, the home runs ruled. The Pirates collected six run-scoring singles, five with two outs, to account for all of their runs, but the Brewers struck back with a barrage of homers for a 7-6 win, their fourth straight.

Bucs unable to keep ball in yard vs. Brewers

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 19:03:25 EDT

With a difficult stretch looming and their current place in the standings, the Pirates knew the importance of Wednesday's series finale against the Brewers. They needed a win to get within two games of the Brewers for second place in the National League Central with four-game series vs. the Cardinals and Dodgers looming.

Arcia and Diaz had a post-anthem standoff

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 16:31:37 EDT

Arcia and Diaz had a post-anthem standoff

Meet Skyliner, the Curve's official coaster

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 12:04:19 EDT

Meet Skyliner, the Curve's official coaster

'First-half Nova' emerges in loss to Brewers

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 00:58:21 EDT

Pirates manager Clint Hurdle noticed a different Ivan Nova on Tuesday night in Milwaukee, the version the team saw much of the first half of the season -- and the one they need for the stretch run.

Bucs' bats can't back Nova in loss to Brewers

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 01:30:34 EDT

The Pirates arrived at Miller Park with a chance to climb up the division standings, but it was the Brewers on the move instead.

Hamstring strain sends Polanco to DL; Diaz up

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 19:39:42 EDT

As the Pirates look to get back in the National League Central race, they'll have to do so without a starting outfielder.

Inbox: Who will step up during the stretch run?

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 17:23:26 EDT

Today, we're opening up the Pirates Inbox and answering your questions on the upcoming stretch, the future face of the franchise, Jose Osuna and more.

Rivals trying to dethrone Cubs in NL Central

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 10:15:50 EDT

The Cubs won the National League Central by 17 1/2 games last year, then they won the World Series. So pardon us if we weren't expecting a scintillating battle for supremacy in this particular division in 2017.

Lone run in first all Bucs manage behind Kuhl

Sun, 13 Aug 2017 18:49:44 EDT

J.A. Happ turned his career around with the Pirates, putting together a dominant second half in 2015 that led to his current three-year deal with the Blue Jays. On Sunday afternoon, he turned the tables and shut down the Bucs for six innings. The Jays gave Happ all the run support he needed in the first inning and cruised to a 7-1 win at Rogers Centre.

McCutchen returns to Pirates' lineup as DH

Sun, 13 Aug 2017 17:33:06 EDT

Andrew McCutchen returned to the Pirates lineup on Sunday afternoon at Rogers Centre. Gregory Polanco did not.

Hayes notches three hits for Bradenton

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 01:49:29 EDT

Alex Verdugo's hot streak continued as he hit his sixth homer of the season and drove in three runs in Triple-A Oklahoma City's 9-4 win over Round Rock on Monday night.